Chris Bouchard is a British film director. His notable films include The Hunt For Gollum (2009), The Little Mermaid 2018 (Netflix Live-action) and London's Finest (2015). He began his career in visual effects, contributing to major motion pictures including Gravity, The Dark Knight and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
While studying media technology at the University of York, he directed a spec Sci-Fi pilot which made a splash on the internet. The Human Residue concept captured the attention of press Fangoria, JoBlo and Kevin Smith's Quick Stop Entertainment. Graduating with a media engineering degree, he worked at Dolby Laboratories, VFX studio Framestore and Technicolor in London, specialising in new technolgoies and R&D.
Whilst working for Framestore he crowd sourced The Hunt For Gollum, a 39 minute unofficial The Lord of the Rings short film adaptation based on appendices of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic trilogy. The film became a breakout success on the Internet, premiered at SCI-FI-LONDON and received millions of views online becoming the 4th most watched film in America on it's first weekend. Press coverage praised the lush production values, the cinematic style and the inventive ways of showing Gollum, comparing it to the look and feel of the Peter Jackson official trilogy.
Oscar winning VFX studio Framestore backed his first feature length film as director - crime comedy London's Finest - which premiered at London's East End Film Festival and was released in the UK by Trinity Film, and on London Live! and internationally He also continued to work in the visual effects industry, contributing on major motion pictures including The Dark Knight, Gravity, Fantastic Beasts, SkyFall and on TV Comercials for major brands including Pepsi, Coca Cola, VW, Sony and Samsung.
In 2018 he co-directed Netflix live-action feature adaptation The Little Mermaid (2018) with writer Blake Harris. The independently produced adaptation, starring Shirley MacLaine, Poppy Drayton, William Moseley and Loreto Peralta is produced by Miami based Kingsway Productions and Conglomorate Media.
In 2019 Chris was comissioned to write and direct a Sci-Fi feature film by XD Productions in Paris. Starring Dec Wyer, Liah O'Prey and Jon Foo, the film is in post production, and makes use of new immersive and performance capture technologies.
Aside from his work in film, Chris is an avid traveller, and has journeyed with a backpack through many countries across Central America, Africa, Asia and Europe. He lives in London, United Kingdom.